LEFT-WING POLITICS IN TURKEY: ITS DEVELOPMENT AND PROBLEMS


Durgun S.

ARAB STUDIES QUARTERLY, vol.37, no.1, pp.9-32, 2015 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Title of Journal : ARAB STUDIES QUARTERLY
  • Page Numbers: pp.9-32
  • Keywords: conception of revolution, Comintern, Yon Movement, National Democratic Revolution, the left of the political middle, nationalist left

Abstract

This article examines the process of development of the political left since its inception in Turkey in a context when the republic was established as a nation state and 1917 October Revolution. It looks at how the movement has been transformed with the collapse of the Soviet Union and with the changes in domestic politics. The historical process of the Turkish left is divided into three eras: The first from the beginning of the republic to the 1960s; the second from 1960 to 1980; and the third from 1980 to the present day. In this era, the left has not had that organized structure and influence as in the second era.